Dana Walrath

Commentator

Dana Walrath, a writer, artist and anthropologist, likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. Passionate about the power of art for social change, her creative works include Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir about life with her mother and dementia; Like Water on Stone, a verse novel about the Armenian Genocide; and “View from the High Ground” an interactive installation on dehumanization and genocide. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia including two TEDx talks. Her new picture book I Am a Bird inserts constructive male role models into the #metoo movement. You can visit her at danawalrath.com

Cherry blossoms speak of the beauty and fragility of all living beings. But to me they also speak of war, and the mothers and fathers who cannot protect their children while living in its midst.

On his way to a National Ballet performance of Sleeping Beauty, a young boy heard its plotline for the very first time: A man approaches a sleeping woman he has never before met and kisses her. Never schooled on Disney, and allowed to defy gender stereotypes to follow his love for ballet, this boy asked his mother, “Isn't that sexual harassment?”

My grandparents arrived in America, refugees of a genocide perpetrated by an Islamic government against its Christian citizens.